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Our mental and physical health is an important feature of our life long learning, and evidence indicates that self control at 4 years of age is one of the biggest predictors of a child's success as an adult (Moffit, 2011) Create great habits early with lots of physical activity and equipping your children with tools to support their self regulation and wellbeing.
This year has been a year that we haven’t experienced in such a long time. A time where all of us were affected by the one common element. We hear a lot of rhetoric about how lucky we are, and look how much we have achieved, but at the same time it has also been a year that has taken on a toll on many of us.
Many families may still be feeling the impact of CO VID, whether it is loved ones that they cant visit overseas, loss of income or employment as well as break down of relationships. Although we might still be standing tall and going about our daily lives, that stress and worry can still bear an impact on us for a long time ahead.
Perhaps as adults when we are in that period of stress we don’t recognise the signs of that stress in our children. Stress and worry can display differently in different children and sometimes it may be as obvious as telling you that they are worried, but others may display silly behaviours, defiant behaviours and others may be come angry or disengage. As parents it is easy to see the behaviour, but all behaviours are telling us something, the person has needs and that they need to be supported.
We also acknowledge that whilst we might be all saying “I cant wait for holidays”, that it is also a time where me might feel added stress with the expense of Christmas, as well as a lack of routine for the children.
If you feel that you or your children need support, Lil' Peeps OT for Kids encourages you to reach out. There are a huge amount of agencies that can provide support, along with other resources you can access on line. Some simple starting points might me:
Talk to someone – this could be a friend, partner, GP or psychologist. There are lots of help lines you can call as well. You can visit https://www.lifeline.org.au or call them on 13 11 14
Download an app for mindfulness – smiling mind is a great fee app that can be used for the whole family, for sport or in the workplace. Many teachers a use this app for the whole classroom. Mindfulness allows you to acknowledge worry or stress and but also helps to train you in feeling calm and mindful. https://www.smilingmind.com.au
Exercise – it can be a simple as taking the kids to the park, taking the dog for a walk. Dedicating time to exercise is really helpful for switching off from. “busy work”. The chemicals exercise can release in your body also have a positive impact on the brain and helps us to feel positive. The Australian Dept of Health have some information here: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/F01F92328EDADA5BCA257BF0001E720D/$File/brochure%20PA%20Guidelines_A5_Families.PDF
Lil Peeps OT for Kids hopes that 2021 is a year that brings new enthusiasm, a calmer state of being for our community and a sense of belonging for everyone. We aim to support all of our school communities, including the families, students and staff and remind everyone that as a team we can be there for each other and see a brighter tomorrow, for us and our children.
Web Links and Videos
Kiddo – physical activity ideas
Australian Dept of Health Physical Activity Guidelines
What is self regulation
Big life journal - free and paid growth mindset resources
The Alert Program®
Cosmic Yoga (yoga fun and mindfulness)
Go Noodle - great to get the bodies moving
Just Dance - dance fun for everyone
Maggie Dent's meditation for mums
Visual supports are a great way to aid understanding. They can be used for daily routines, to aid self regulation or support positive behaviour choices.